Jax Cote, Canadian Who Said God Is Cleaning House Getting Rid Of Pinoys Via Yolanda, Says SorryJax Cote, the Canadian who said it was “about time God cleaned house” and got rid of Filipinos through super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan), has apparently issued an apology through his Facebook account.
Cote sparked widespread hatred from Filipinos around the world after saying in a Facebook comment: “so this means the world is getting rid a whole wack of Philipino’s? about time God cleaned house! (sic)”
Super typhoon Yolanda, believed to be the strongest recorded storm to ever make landfall anywhere on the planet, barreled through the Visayas, central Philippines earlier this November with over 300 kilometer-per-hour winds. The official death toll stands at nearly 4,500 with over a thousand people still missing while property damage is estimated to be $14.5 billion after the super typhoon flattened towns in its wake.
Cote’s comment was in response to a news organization saying that Haiyan has made landfall in the Philippines with winds equivalent to a category 5 hurricane and that they will be constantly updating their social feeds with news.
Here’s a screenshot of the comment:
Shortly after posting the comment, Cote appeared to have deleted her account which listed her occupation as a private elementary school teacher in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. That account said she was from Timmins, Ontario.
However, after deleting the account, another account under her name was apparently set up and it made status updates defending Cote.
One said that people criticizing Cote were hypocrites if they just complain about her without helping the victims of Yolanda. It also told Filipinos to “go help your own people instead of picking a fight with a nobody” before saying that the backlash sparked by her comment shows “why Filipinos walk around with letters describing who and what they are…(because) you have no respect for yourselves”.
Examples of these letters, she said, were OFW, TNT, NPA.
Another status made by the account denied that her comments were racist.
Nonetheless, the same account posted an apology recently, describing what happened in the Philippines as a “tragedy”.
It admitted to making “a (sic) ignorant, racist comment because I had a bad experience with a Filipino family in recent months.”
According to her, the comment was not meant to be for Filipinos in general but that is no excuse for “the nasty remark”.
“I am sincerely sorry to those affected by this horrific ordeal,” the status update signed “Sincerely, Jax Cote” said.
The whole issue surrounding Cote is reminiscent of the incident involving Devina Dediva who, after Megan Young won the Miss World title, made a comment on social media putting down the achievement and saying that the Philippines is a source of smelly domestic helpers.